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Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment [NOOK Book]

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Bestselling author Wayne W. Dyer has crafted a powerful collection of writings, poems, and sayings by some of the greatest thinkers of the past twentyfive centuries. In succinct original essays, Dyer sets out to explain the meaning and context of each piece of wisdom, and, most important, how we can actively apply these teachings to our modern lives.

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Overview

Bestselling author Wayne W. Dyer has crafted a powerful collection of writings, poems, and sayings by some of the greatest thinkers of the past twentyfive centuries. In succinct original essays, Dyer sets out to explain the meaning and context of each piece of wisdom, and, most important, how we can actively apply these teachings to our modern lives.

A beautiful and thoughtful gift, this book shows us a window to wisdom and a door to greatness.

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Editorial Reviews

Wayne W. Dyer
This book is not about appreciating poetry and philosophy as much as it is about applying the wisdom of these writers to our everyday lives. All the selections in this book convey messages from sensitive, highly creative, and productive individuals who were alive here at one time, just as you and I are today.
Wayne W. Dyer
This book is not about appreciating poetry and philosophy as much as it is about applying the wisdom of these writers to our everyday lives. All the selections in this book convey messages from sensitive, highly creative, and productive individuals who were alive here at one time, just as you and I are today.
Library Journal
This is intended as a handbook of wisdom gleaned from 60 sources, ancient and contemporary, ranging from novelists, poets, sages, and saints to statesmen, including the likes of Herman Melville, Dorothy Parker, Shakespeare, Buddha, Jesus, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi. Each chapter, prefaced by a quotation from an individual whose contribution to history is summed up in a few lines, revolves around a specific theme, such as forgiveness, work, family and home, divinity, individuality, and so forth. These writings are often rambling and take inspiration from individuals who have no bearing on the selected quotations. This book is self-actualization guru Dyer at his presumptuous best, capitalizing on the wisdom of others and devoting the final chapter to himself as a master worthy of the last word. Not much to recommend here.--Bernadette McGrath, Vancouver P.L.
Kirkus Reviews
An enhanced version of a commonplace book, Wisdom of the Ages offers brief excerpts from the writings of 60 "teachers" (ranging from Buddha and Jesus up to George Bernard Shaw and Mother Teresa) followed by three- to four-page musings by Dyer (Real Magic) which attempt to explicate the sayings. The necessarily fragmentary nature of such an approach means that the book lends itself more to browsing than to study; the often bland and unsurprising analyses of the excerpts, and the only fitfully convincing effort to draw from each excerpt some plan of action for change and enhanced awareness would suggest that only the author's longtime fans are likely to find the volume of much interest or utility. (His fans are, of course, legion.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061758546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 167,735
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Wayne W. Dyer is one of the most widely read authors today in the field of self-development. He is the author of many books, including such bestsellers as Your Erroneous Zones, You'll See It When You Believe It, and Real Magic.

A psychotherapist, Dyer received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, and has taught at many levels of education from high school through graduate study. He is the co-author of three textbooks, contributes to numerous professional journals and lectures extensively in the United States as well as abroad.

He appears regularly on radio and television shows around the country.

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Chapter One

Meditation



Learn to be silent.
Let your
quiet mind
listen and absorb.


Pythagoras
(580 B.C. -- 500 B.C.)


A Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras was especially interested in the study of mathematics in relation to weights and measures and to musical theory.

All man's miseries derive from not being
able to sit quietly in a room alone.


Blaise Pasca(1623-1662)


Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher, scientist, mathematician, and writer, whose treatises contributed to the fields of hydraulics and pure geometry.

This is the one time in this collection of great contributors that I have elected to highlight two writers on the same subject. I selected two men whose lives were separated by over two millennia, both of whom in their own times were considered the most knowledgeable in the rational fields of mathematics and science.

Pythagoras, whose writings influenced the thought of Plato and Aristotle, was a major contributor to the development of both mathematics and Western rational philosophy. Blaise Pascal, a famous French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher who lived twenty-two centuries after Pythagoras, is considered one of the original scientific minds. He is responsible for inventing the syringe, the hydraulic press, and the first digital calculator. Pascal's Law of Pressure is still taught in science classes around the world today.

Keeping in mind the left-brained scientific leanings of these two scientists, reread theirtwo quotes. Pascal: "All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone." Pythagoras: "Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb." They both speak to the importance of silence and the value of meditation in your life, whether you are an accountant or an avatar. They send us a valuable message about a way of being *in life that is not popularly encouraged 'in our culture: that there is tremendous value *in creating alone time *in your life that is spent in silence. If you want to shed your miseries, learn to sit silently in a room alone and meditate.

It has been estimated that the average person has sixty thousand separate thoughts each and every day. The problem with this is that we have the same sixty thousand thoughts today that we had yesterday, and we'll repeat them again tomorrow. Our minds are filled with the same chatter day in and day out. Learning to be quiet and meditate involves figuring out a way to enter the spaces between your thoughts; or the gap, as I call it. In this silent empty space between your thoughts, you can find a sense of total peace' in a realm that is ordinarily unknowable. Here, any illusion of your separateness is shattered. However, if you have sixty thousand separate thoughts in a day, there is literally no time available to enter the space between your thoughts, because there is no space!

Most of us have minds that race full-speed day and night. Our thoughts are a hodgepodge of continuous dialogue about schedules, money worries, sexual fantasies, grocery lists, drapery problems, concern about the children, vacation plans, and on and on like a merry-go-round that never stops. Those sixty thousand thoughts are usually about ordinary daily activities and create a mental pattern that leaves no space for silence.

This pattern reinforces our cultural belief that all gaps in conversation (silence) need to be filled quickly. For many, silence represents an embarrassment and a social defect. Therefore we learn to jump in to fill these spaces, whether or not our filler has any substance. Silent periods in a car or at a dinner are perceived as awkward moments, and good conversationalists know how to get those spaces occupied with some kind of noise.

And so it is with ourselves as well; we have no training in silence, and we see it as unwieldy and confusing. Thus we keep the inner dialogue going just like the outer.Yet it is in that silent place, where our ancient teacher Pythagoras tells us to let our quiet mind listen and absorb, that confusion will disappear and enlightened guidance will come to us. But meditation also affects the quality of our nonsilent activities. The daily practice of meditation is the single thing in my life that gives me a greater sense of well-being, increased energy, higher productivity at a more conscious level, more satisfying relationships, and a closer connection to God.

The mind is like a pond. On the surface you see all the disturbances, yet the surface is only a fraction of the pond. It is in the depth below the surface, where there is stillness, that you will come to know the true essence of the pond, as well as your own mind. By going below the surface, you come to the spaces between your thoughts where you are able to enter the gap. The gap is total emptiness or silence, and it is indivisible. No matter how many times you cut silence in half, you still get silence. This is what is meant by now. Perhaps it is the essence of God, that which cannot be divided from the oneness.

These two pioneering scientists, who are still quoted today in university courses, were studying the nature of the universe. They struggled with the mysteries of energy, pressure, mathematics, space, time, and universal truths. Their message to all of us here is quite simple. If you want to understand the universe, or your own personal universe, if you want to know how it all works, then be quiet and face your fear of sitting in a room alone and going deep within the layers of your own mind...

Wisdom of the Ages. Copyright © by Wayne Dyer. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Don't miss it!

    Of all of Dr. Dyer's fantastic books, this one really drove home the thought of how we should see our short time here, and that it IS all in our control! This book will not disappoint!


    Lisa Corkern

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    A warm book

    I consider Wayne Dyer to be among the wisest teachers of our age. In this book he has taken the wisdom of several of history's greatest thinkers and interpreted their thoughts into good, solid advice for living in today's world. You can read through this book in a single sitting, or take it in over the course of a few weeks -- one lesson at a time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

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    A life changer

    This is an amazing book.. a must have in any library.
    This is a lifetime of research and meditation at your fingertips.
    powerful and compelling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    wisdom of the ages was my prozac in a very difficult period of my life

    By the guidance of a power greater than i can explain, or fate, I was led to this man and the words found in 'wisdom of the ages'.I walked houndreds of times listening to the tapes around a lake in jersey ,whenever i felt my heart and soul could endure no more.kept me balanced, and found i walked closer to God, found purpose and wisdom ,to understand and heal within, to handle the emotional rejection and pain i was experiencing at that time.bought the book, and still listen and read whenever i need to refresh my thought process and feed on the wisdom to continue to grow spiritualy.have wore out 2 sets of tapes.How do I say thank you to you DR wayne Dyer and God for putting these writings tangeable in one package.These poems and writings will be forever a part of my life as i continue to apply the knowledge to my life and circumstances.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    WOW!!!!

    Ok, This book to me is Fantastic! I recommend it to anyone.If you need a little or alot of inspiration, or just want to enjoy a new take on poetry. I never even looked at poetry too much before reading this book. The way Wayne Dyer defines these poems or quotes, really allowed me to see it and understand it. I was able to use the information he provided to help myself understand my life better and to help myself be a better person all together. I knew deep down, I wanted to change, but wasnt sure how to go about it. But reading this book helped me see a new way. Thank You Wayne Dyer!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Great Book!

    I know this will be a book that I'll read through the years & find just what I'm looking for to help me along life's path with the help of the wisdom of the ages. I just love books that are timeless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Very Inspiring and Instructional

    The 'Eternal Truths' used in Dyer's title is a important key - these truths have always existed. I just needed a road map to help me find the road to eternal truths. Dyer does a great job accomplishing this. I hope Dyer will keep up the enlightening others purpose that he seem to have in all of his works. Thanks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    A Wonderful Collection

    I thoroughly enjoy this book every few months I take it off my shelf. It leaves me with such a positive attitude about our purpose in the world, to let go of ego and to love one another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2002

    A great book to read over and over again.

    Using this book for daily meditations has helped me tremendously. Something new reveals itself to me each time I read from it. Someone recommended 'Spiritual Quanta' to read along with '60 Days to Enlightenment' and the combination has taken me to a wonderful place of serenity. Thanks for the indepth research that it took to make this book what it is - excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2000

    No shortage of wisdom !

    The intervention of wisdom is for the benefit of those who have not yet attained it. This book reveals our intuitive connection to the light of quiet wisdom that weaves the lifeline by which all of mankind is retrieved from the depths and consequences of their own despair.

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